- Posted by Johanna on March 13, 2008 at 7:58 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
I don’t know anything about the Comic Book Bin website — it’s apparently a side project of a Flash animation company — but my mouth dropped open when I read their review submission guidelines, mainly item 12, “Can I send you digital review material?”
They’re vehemently against it, which seems a bit… hypocritical for a website. Sure, I prefer printed material, too, but here’s their statement:
Publisher HervÃƒÂ© St-Louis HATES when people send him digital reviews. DO NOT SEND DIGITAL REVIEWS TO THE COMIC BOOK BIN and expect them to be reviewed or commented on.
The money you as a vendor think you are saving is actually being spent by us to review your book. While you facilitate your life, you make ours more complicated. Never make a reviewer’s life more complicated. It’s your book, your career, your creation. Don’t ask others to pay for your success.
I think he means “digital submissions”, not “digital reviews”. (“Digital reviews” are what he’s creating, not what he’s receiving.) It goes on from there, listing reasons they don’t like digital copies, of which “they’re not portable” is the only one I find compelling. At least they call it a rant going in.
I think it’s the case that a printed book may be received slightly more favorably. It’s easy to write off a digital copy or not take it as seriously, and there are still technical glitches. For instance, on my laptop, I can read the lettering easily, or I can put the whole page on-screen, but not both. And sure, it’s nicer to get a physical copy.
I was stunned by the sense of entitlement, I guess, to dictate so intensely what publishers should do.